If I owned a Rolex and it suddenly stopped working, I'd take it to a watch repair professional. I wouldn't expect him to just tell me there was something wrong with it. I'd expect him to use his knowledge and skills to fix it.

I also wouldn't decide the Rolex was suddenly nothing but junk just because it needed a new part.

But that's not the attitude of several local people who have ridiculed Louisville's selection as "America's Most Livable City" because of the shocking fact that we have crime and pollution problems and various other flaws.

These people fail to recognize that no city is problem-free by a long shot. But those problems are much more severe in most large American cities than they are here.

Any complete assessment of a community's livability should hinge not just on the absence of negatives but the presence of positives. And in that regard, Louisville is way ahead of the pack.

But what irritates me most about these nay-sayers is that while they're great at criticizing everything that's negative about our city, very few of them ever offer any feasible solutions. They're great at tearing stuff down, but really lousy at building anything.

As far as I'm concerned, Louisville is a Rolex of a town. And even if it needs work, I'm still glad it's mine.

What do you think? Call, and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.